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The Tasmanian Trotting Club may only be hosting a six-race card on Monday night, but the meeting sure has a lot of quality given four of the races will be held at $12,000 in prizemoney. While the time-honoured Pauly’s Pizza New Norfolk Cup is the feature event, most eyes will be on the Toreace Flying Mile where the state’s best pacers do battle. Devonport Pacing Cup winner Ryley Major is on the quick back-up and has drawn barrier six in the event while Ignatius who is first-up since running fourth in the Tassie Golden Apple has drawn out wide in barrier seven. Sprint track record holder at both Hobart and Launceston, Call Me Hector, draws nicely in barrier four as the Matthew Cooper-trained and driven pacer returns to his favourite distance. The race also features Hobart Cup winner Star Chamber and former Victorian pacer The Crimson Prince who will be having his third start in the state. In the New Norfolk Pacing Cup, a field of seven will do battle over 3060 metres after the scratching of Kardesler, which leaves last year’s winner Finn Mac Kee as the sole 30-metre backmarker. Finn Mac Kee trained in the heart of the Derwent Valley by Thomas Jackson was a very excited man after claiming his hometown cup last year with the pacer who goes into Monday night’s event third-up from a break and should be at peak fitness for the feature. The E C Plunkett Memorial is another highlight on the card where Watchmylips faces one of his toughest tests to date in the rating 60 to 69 event from outside of the front line. The other highlight on the card is the Art Meeker Memorial Matron Stakes for the mares where a competitive field will do battle over the 2579-metre journey with many of the mares having their first try at the distance in a very open race. Monday night’s card will be live hosted by Matt Reid on TasracingTV, while Sky Racing 1 will televise races two and four with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 2, with the first race set down for 17:36.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ryley Major added the Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup to his glowing resume in Devonport on Sunday night, where last season’s Tasmania Cup winner easily overcome his 30 metre back mark in the 3020-metre event. Beginning brilliantly as he always does, Ryley Major quickly made up his handicap before trainer-driver Rohan Hillier got the gelded son of Art Major around the field to take up the lead with 1900 metres to travel with ease. Hillier was then able to set a moderate tempo for the top-level pacers running the first quarter of the final mile in 32.2s, and he then recorded sectionals of 32.2s, 31.3s, 29.4s and 29.8s on his way to a 5.5-metre win. “He has done a super job tonight, to come off 30 (metres) and make a mid-race move and he still felt really strong on the line,” said Hillier post-race to Matt Reid on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage. “I went out with no plans, to come off 30 metres in a full field it is hard to make plans, I decided to go, and I was happy to get to the breeze, but they slackened the pace, so I decided to have a go for the front, and once we got there we were always going to be hard to beat,” explained Hillier. With a host of options interstate, Hillier is happy to keep the pacer in Tasmania. There is a host of options including the Tasmania and Easter Cups in March and April. “We will just keep poking around every second week here in Tassie, he isn’t getting any faster, he is probably getting slower, but he is doing a super job for what he is,” said the trainer-driver about the eight-year-old. The mile rate off the 30 metres was 2m 4.3s, with Ryley Major joining Pachacuti (2017), Star Chamber (2015), Gold Label (1995) and Good Town (1993) as the only horses to win the Cup off a handicap further than 30 metres. A protest lodged by Mark Yole on the fourth placegetter, Tisu Spirit, against the driver of the second placegetter, Be Major Threat (Dylan Ford), for interference near the 2700 metre mark was upheld, which resulted in the third placegetter Lip Reader being promoted to second to give Hillier the training quinella. “To cop a 20-metre handicap with him was pretty tough on him, but over the next three or four months we could see him winning a race like the Easter Cup,” said Hillier. There were two $12,000 features on the card including the Ladbrokes Mares Incentive which was taken out by nine-year-old mare Pink Ponder who was one of six winners on the card for Ben Yole. Pink Ponder driven by Mark Yole sat back in the field off a solid tempo and was too good late in what was the survival of the fittest late with the last quarter ran in 32.7s in the 2297 metre event where the mile rate was 2m 2.1s. The Yole stable also claimed the Jeremy Rockliff MP Coastal Pacing Thousand with the Conor Crook driven Proficient. It was a tough effort by the eight-year-old gelding who settled one-out and three-back before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final 100 meters of the event.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Carrick trainer-driver Hannah Van Dongen landed her first training win in Launceston on Friday night when Art Frenzy led all the way to score in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Pace. From barrier five Van Dongen pushed forward on the gelded son of Major In Art to find the lead in the 1680-metre event, and after being headed by Black Ops half-way down the straight, the pacer was able to hold off that challenge to score by a half-neck over Black Ops and Earl Jujon. The mile rate was 1m 57.7s. It was only Van Dongen’s fourth starter as a trainer, who prepares a small team in the afternoon after riding trackwork for Spreyton based trainer Leanne Gaffney during the morning. Trainer Adrian Duggan and driver Mark Yole teamed up for a double on the seven-race card. Five-year-old Sportswriter mare Lutetia Midfrew scored a 4.8-metre win in a rating 30 to 49 event. From barrier two Yole positioned the pacer one-out and one-back before sweeping to the lead leaving the back straight and the mare was always holding her rivals over the concluding stages. The Duggan-Yole combination ended their double with the win of Illawong Achilles who broke his maiden status at start 54. Although it had taken a while to break the maiden status, the Western Terror gelding had been placed in 19 starts prior. From barrier four Yole settled the six-year-old in a one-out one-back position before improving into the race from the 700-metre point to go on and score by three-metres over Danger Of Tyne and Ideal Jo. It was a great tonic for Duggan who is still recovering from injuries sustained in a race fall in July. Favourite punters were on the ball early with Heza Sport scoring his second career win for trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. Hillier was alert in the early stages and secured the spot behind Say A Prayer who had plenty of room to take an inside run and obtain the lead around the first corner. From there Hillier drove a patient race before gaining clear racing room at the top of the home straight to go on and record a 4.1-metre win. Heza Sport will be chasing his second win of the weekend when he lines up in the third race on Sunday night in Devonport from barrier three.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlines a 10-race card at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday night. The Cup once again is a standing start event over the true staying trip of 3020 metres. Those wishing to attend the meeting are encouraged to get their tickets for the at goracingtasmania.com.au. If you can’t make it trackside, you can catch all the action with Matt Reid who will host TasracingTV’s on track coverage, with the Cup scheduled for 20:34 and the first race for 17:19. 1. Goggo Gee Gee Trainer: Rachel Williams Driver: Ben Parker Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $41 Was defeated a neck in this race last year behind Illegal Immigrant. He is yet to win in 14 tries on the Devonport track. Although he hasn’t won since last years Burnie Cup, the Bettors Delight gelding has produced some fantastic efforts including a second placing in a heat of the Tasmania Cup before finishing fifth in the final. He finished fourth in last weeks North Eastern Pacing Cup at Carrick Park 2. Tisu Spirit Trainer: Mark Yole Driver: Mark Yole Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $10 Is another who hasn’t won on the Devonport track in five tries, but he has won three of his six standing start races to date, the most recent in last weeks North Eastern Pacing Cup where he showed brilliant standing start manners to cross Goggo Gee Gee early. Trainer-driver Mark Yole will be chasing his second win in the race after scoring with Riverboat Jasper in 2018. 3. Finn Mac Kee Trainer: Thomas Jackson Driver: Paul Hill Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $21 Goes into the Group 3 feature second-up from a spell. His first-up effort was a third placing behind Drayton in a rating 70 to 79 event in Hobart. As we saw with his last win in the 2020 New Norfolk Pacing Cup in Hobart over the 3060-metre trip, he is proven at the long distance. He will be driven by Paul Hill, as has been the case in a large number of the nine-year-old’s starts. Hill won the Cup aboard Drizzle in 1994. 4. The Crimson Prince Trainer: Geoffrey Smith Driver: Gareth Rattray Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $6.00 Is the sole north-west coast trained pacer in the race after being purchased by clients of the Geoff Smith stable. The five-year-old gelding gets into the race well off the front mark considering he has won four-metropolitan class races in the past 12-months including the 2020 Albury Pacing Cup, which no doubt Tasmanians will use as a form line where he defeated 2019 Tasmania Cup winner Shelby Bromac. 5. Be Major Threat Trainer: Tammy Langley Driver: Dylan Ford Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $9.50 Brighton trainer Tammy Langley has only been training for a short amount of time, and she will team up with her son Dylan with this six-year-old gelding. Be Major Threat has won two out of his last five starts including three starts ago in Launceston in a rating 65 to 74 event. The gelding goes into the race off a last-start third in the North-Eastern Pacing Cup where he galloped out his first few strides before running on well from back in the field to only be 1.8 metres from the winner. 6. Kardesler Trainer: Juanita McKenzie Driver: Ricky Duggan Handicap: Front Ladbrokes Odds: $9.00 Well, this pacer has the right combination to win the Group 3 feature. His driver Ricky Duggan has won five of them (1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2012) and his trainer Juanita McKenzie had the quinella in the race in 2019 with a short-half-head between her two runners. Kardesler can be hit and miss from the tapes but he was able to lead all the way to win the Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Park two starts ago and was a brave second in the North Eastern Pacing Cup last week. 7. Izaha Trainer: Todd Rattray Driver: Todd Rattray Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $21 Loves the Devonport track, he has had six starts at the venue for four wins and one placing. The six-year-old entire hasn’t won since the 2019 N.W.T.L.H.A Cup on the track over the 2698-metre journey which he started of a 30-metre handicap. While it may look like a long time on paper, the pacer has only had six starts since that effort and is first-up in the race, and he goes into the race off a recent Carrick Park trial win. His trainer-driver has won two Devonport Cup as once as a trainer and one as a trainer-driver. 8. Full Speed Ahead Trainer: Mark Yole Driver: Adrian Collins Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $81 Surprisingly is yet to win in 10 starts on the Devonport track, but has run three placings including a third in this race last year when defeated 4.8 metres. The 10-year-old gelding was back in winning form in a standing start claimer in Launceston two starts ago before failing to beat a runner home in the Hobart Pacing Cup two weeks ago after being given a lovely run throughout. The Cup will be the pacers 100th career start. 9. Sea Double Ugrant Trainer: Peter Dornauf Driver: Rohan Hadley Handicap: 10m Ladbrokes Odds: $6.50 Has won 11 of his 39 starts to date, his most recent was in a rating 61 to 84 event at a secondary meeting in Hobart last June. The seven-year-old gelding sat one-out and two-back in the Tassie Golden Apple when defeated six-metres by The Shallows. He then went to Hobart last week where he ran Lip Reader down to a head. He is proven at the longer distance winning the 2019 New Norfolk Cup in Hobart over the 3060-metre trip. His driver Rohan Hadley will be chasing his fifth win in the race after scoring in 1991, 1998, 2007 and 2016. 10. Lip Reader Trainer: Rohan Hillier Driver: Conor Crook Handicap: 20m Ladbrokes Odds: $7.00 Has come up with a 20-metre handicap on the back of a win in a $8,100 Discretionary Handicap in Hobart last week. The six-year-old gelding will be looking to remain undefeated on the Devonport track after winning the N.W.T.L.H.A Cup and a Discretionary Handicap in Devonport last November. Two starts ago he put up a great battle with The Shallows in the Tassie Golden Apple where 3.8 metres separated the duo at the finish. 11. Call Me Hector Trainer: Matthew Cooper Driver: Troy McDonald Handicap: 20m Ladbrokes Odds: $14 Hector the track record collector, the six-year-old gelding holds the mantle as the fastest pacer to race on Tasmanian soil, holding track records at both Hobart and Launceston. His standing start manners have been a lot better in recent times, he began well in the Tassie Golden Apple before he locked wheels with another runner that galloped away which resulted in Troy McDonald being dislodged from the sulky. He has been placed third in two runs since, including the Hobart Pacing Cup two starts ago. 12. Ryley Major Trainer: Rohan Hillier Driver: Rohan Hillier Handicap: 30m Ladbrokes Odds: $3.30 Gets in well at the 30-metre handicap given everything the eight-year-old gelding has achieved in his 48-start career where only once he hasn’t been among the top three place getters past the post. He won the numerous feature aged races including the 2016 Tasmanian Derby and Globe Derby Stakes before being sidelined through injury. When he returned he picked up where he left off with a win at Melton in March 2019, before being placed in the 2019 Easter Cup. He then won the 2019 Devonport Quality, with other feature wins including the 2019 Group 3 Tassie Golden Apple, 2020 Listed Hobart Pacing Cup, 2020 Metropolitan Cup and the 2020 Group 2 Tasmania Cup off a 30-metre back mark. If he is at his best he looks well placed to add the 2021 Devonport Pacing Cup to his resume and give his trainer-driver Rohan Hillier the chance to follow in the footsteps of his brother Troy who won the race last year with Illegal Immigrant.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a North Eastern Pacing Cup with a difference being held at Carrick Park on Friday, but just like last year, it was harness racing driver Mark Yole putting his name on the honour roll once again when Tisu Spirit led all the way to score in the 2650-metre standing start event. “I’m absolutely stoked,” said Yole after his third driving win in the race, and his first as a trainer. After stepping away cleanly, Yole had to fight standing start specialist Goggo Gee Gee for the lead in the run into the first turn. Once finding the lead Yole set a handy tempo on Tisu Spirit and the American Ideal gelding dug deep when challenged hard by the $2.80 favourite Kardesler and Be Major Threat over the concluding stages. “We had to do a little bit of work to find the front running into the first corner, but once we got there, I wanted to keep him rolling a little bit as he tends to wait for them late, but he seemed to do it alright and kept fighting late when the others got to him,” explained Yole about the one-metre win. The mile rate was recorded in 2m 3.1s, which was only 0.6s outside of the track record. It was the sixth outing for the pacer in Yole’s care since being purchased by clients of the Yole stable. “I chased him a couple of times, it was before I purchased Salvator Mundi that I had a few owners that put a syndicate together, but he wasn’t for sale,” explained Yole. “We ended up buying Salvator Mundi and the same group of owners were keen for a country cup horse, so I put in another offer which was accepted,” added the winning trainer-driver. There are plenty of options for Yole with the gelded son of American Ideal going forward. “I will see how he pulls up as it was a tough run tonight, so I will wait and see if we go to the Devonport Pacing Cup next week or wait and go to the Burnie Cup at the end of the week,” said the Carrick based trainer. Tisu Spirit’s win was the last leg of a driving double for Yole who scored on the Geoff Smith trained Devil Of Tyne earlier in the night. For complete results of the nights racing click here. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

After an impressive 2019-2020 harness racing season, Ryley Major will be looking for back-to-back Hobart Pacing Cups when he lines up in the $25,000 event in Hobart on Sunday night. The gelded son of Art Major recorded an 8.7-metre win in last year’s Cup in 1m 57.9s, but that race was run over 2090 metres. This year’s edition will be held over the longer 2579 metre distance. Like many in the race, Ryley Major comes out of the Tassie Golden Apple at his most recent appearance where he missed a place for the first time in his 47-start career, but he was far from disgraced finishing fifth after racing wide in a fast last half mile. Tasracing’s calculated sectionals recorded Ryley Major’s own last half mile in 54.67s, the second fastest since they have been recorded since December 2018. “I was really happy with him. Obviously, it’s that hard to win off 30 (metres) over that distance it isn’t funny,” said Rohan Hillier after that event on TasracingTV’s coverage. “He hit the line well and had a flat tyre the final 150 (metres), but he never gave it away,” added Hillier. Ryley Major has drawn inside the second row on Sunday night, with eight runners’ the small field will suit his chances. The Golden Apple was won by the Heath Woods-trained and driven The Shallows, with the Group 3 win being the biggest success in his 30 start career and with the scratching of Blackbird Power, he will start from barrier four in the $25,000 feature on Sunday. By completing the course in the $25,000 event, The Shallows will break the $100,000 mark in prizemoney as he aims for a winning hat-trick. The Shallows loves the Hobart track with 10 of his 14 wins coming at the venue. An interesting newcomer to the state, The Crimson Prince, is the only other runner in the race at single-figure odds. The former Victorian trained pacer has joined the Northdown stables of Geoff Smith with 10 wins from 31 starts to his credit. He won a claimer at Ballarat on boxing night in 2m 0.4s but was placed at Melton the start prior in metro grade when defeated 1.6 metres in 1m 53.0s Paul Hill will drive the Betterthancheddar gelding. Many horses contesting the Hobart Pacing Cup will head towards the Group 3 Devonport Cup on 17 January, but some horses that may face a big handicap in that event may look at many country cup’s that are being held during that period in Victoria. Sunday night’s 10-race Hobart card will be live hosted on TasracingTV, with the first race to be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remaining races on Sky Racing 1 Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Leading driver Ricky Duggan proved once again why he is in the Tasmanian harness racing Hall of Fame when he took out Sunday’s Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Park, aboard the Juanita McKenzie-trained Kardesler. The $3.30 favourite began well off his 10-metre handicap to find the lead soon after the start, and from there the six-year-old American Ideal entire was never in doubt going on to score by 7.5 metres over Believe In Forever and Feel The Burn. The mile rate was recorded in 2m 03.5s, which is just one second outside the track record. “He pinged away pretty good, and I didn’t think Feel the Burn would want to get into a hustle and bustle with us so once I pushed on to the front, he was able to jog around them,” said reinsman Ricky Duggan after the win. Kardesler has now won 11 of his 42 starts this season, with the pacer arriving in the Juanita McKenzie stable in June. “Juanita (McKenzie) has done a good job with him, and the horse has done a great job to back up week in week out at his last few starts, where he has always been around the placings earning a cheque,” explained Duggan. Connections will now press on to many country cup races going forward, and they have many options in January, with the Devonport Pacing Cup the top of the winning trainers list. The Juanita McKenzie – Ricky Duggan combination kicked off the day on a winning note with Helikaon who sled all the way in the Shane McHenry Memorial. Helikaon, a two-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven used the pole draw to full advantage to lead all the way and score by nine-metres at odds of $1.30. They also tasted success in the Pfeiffer Cranes Pace when Sharmey came from back in the field to score a very easy win, which was the pacers fourth victory in a row. The Rock N Roll Gelding was sent out as the $1.40 favourite despite his outside of the front-row draw. McKenzie indicated both horses would be aimed at the Tasmanian Derby in March, with Sharmey likely to have a preparation in Victoria before that. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray went home with a double after Lalasa, a two-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight scored on debut, while stable mate Kadar took out the Cressy Transport Tasmanian Country Championship after he enjoyed a lovely three-wide cart into the race. The 1670-metre track record was broken in race two when Pink Ponder scored in a mile rate of 1m 57.8s, taking half a second off the previous record held by Peaceful Thomas. Rohan Hillier joined Conor Crook at the top of the state’s drivers title when he took out the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive Pace on the Kate MacLeod trained Machbev.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a great night of racing in Launceston on Saturday night, headlined by the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple, won brilliantly by The Shallows. The race saw the five fastest individual last half miles recorded on Tasracing’s Calculated Sectionals since they were recorded in December 2015. Lip Reader at 55.02s held the previous quickest individual last half mile on 20 September. There is also some Tasmanian interest in many semi-finals during the week, with many proceeding into Group 1 finals in Victoria on New Year’s Eve. We will touch on them in next week’s edition. This week there is plenty to keep an eye on with King Island on Saturday afternoon, Carrick Park on Sunday twilight and Devonport on Tuesday evening. The Stars The Shallows – gave his trainer-driver Heath Woods his most significant success in the industry when he scored an impressive win in the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple. The Shallows is the first horse Woods has trained since returning to the harness game after spending a few seasons away from the sport. He purchased the four-year-old as an unbroken two-year-old, and now they will head to next month’s Hobart Pacing Cup. Sharmey – had to be seen to be believed when winning his rating 30 to 49 event on Saturday, he settled four-back the pegs, driver Rodney Ashwood found clear racing room out five and six wide on the final turn to storm home and win. The pacer will head to Victoria to chase his Vicbred bonus before returning to the state to contest the Tasmanian Derby in March. Conor Crook – had a weekend out finding the winners stall on six occasions with four wins as a driver and two as a trainer. Crook has a one-win lead in the state driver’s premiership but will be missing from the sulky for the final two meetings. Laid Back Kenny – the Geoff Smith-trained pacer returned from a Victorian campaign when recording a half neck victory in Launceston when coming from a midfield spot for driver Todd Rattray. Premiership Watch– As mentioned, Conor Crook has a one win lead on the state drivers title. However, as he is missing from the season’s final two meetings, it is still anyone’s race with Rohan Hillier and Gareth Rattray equal second on the table, and it was great to watch all three drivers demonstrate their talent last weekend. Multiple Winners Burnie – Friday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten. Conor Crook; trained Gone and Forgotten and drove Tisu Spirit. Launceston – Saturday evening Conor Crook – driving treble Somehowsomeway, Racketeers Boy and Southern Gnp, he also trained Loch Ness Franco. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Burnie – Friday evening Unavailable. Launceston – Saturday evening From the Tassie Golden Apple; Ignatius 54.39s, Ryley Major 54.67s, Lip Reader 54.83s, The Shallows 54.89s and Sea Double Ugrant 54.91s. From the remaining races, Believe In Forever 56.28s, Hez The One 56.43s, Proficient 56.71s, Sharmey 56.83s and Giftofjoy 57.02s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie – Friday evening Hit’s: Kabibi $1.70 into $1.28, Gone and Forgotten $3.30 into $2.90 and Heza Rummage $12 into $9.50, Defied The Drift: Artyboy Glenwood $3.70 out to $4.20 Missed: Ozzie Major $5.00 into $3.20, Nikks Pick $14 into $8.50, The Deal $3.10 into $2.80 and Karalta Dazzler $13 into $7.00 Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Loch Ness Franco $2.70 into $2.35, Laid Back Kenny $9.50 into $8.00, The Shallows $6.00 into $4.80, Racketeers Boy $2.50 into $2.10, Southern Gnp $31 into $18 and Rocket Blaster $15 into $9.50. Missed: Lucky Pats Son $26 into $10, Oneofthelads $11 into $7.00, Pur Dan $14 into $7.50, Pink Ponder $7.00 into $4.00, Postal Run $10 into $4.40, Got the Goods $14 into $4.80 and Star Rocker $3.80 into $2.10. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Monday night saw five trials held in Hobart where Ryan Backhouse and Mitch Ford had their first trial drives and another bunch that have progressed from the mini-trots. Island Rocknroll and Star Chamber both recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session in 2m 2.3s. Island Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare by A Rocknroll Dance, settled behind the leader before driver Dylan Ford utilised the sprint lane to pick up the leader Eye See Double in the home straight to score by two-metres. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber only had one other rival in his trial, Finn Mac Kee, where driver Mitch Ford settled on the back of the leader before peeling out at the 300 to go on and score by 6.7 metres. Other winners included Be Major Threat (2m 9.4s). Helikaon (2m 5.4s) and Starofremembrance (2m 2.7s). Devonport – Monday evening Three trials were staged on Monday evening where the Ben Yole-trained Our Quinn recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.4s for the 1930-metre trip. Driver Gareth Rattray found the lead at the mile mark and dashed home in quarters of 28.8s and 29.4s to record an 8.2-metre victory over Flushed and Blissful tom. The other two trials were won by Jimmy Smalls (2m 8.3s) and Im Quite American (2m 7.0s) who both led all the way to win their respective trials. You can view the trials held on mainland Tasmania by clicking here. FORMPLUS Black Book My Ultimate Romeo After catching the eye hitting the line nicely in the home straight in Hobart on 11 December, this pacer then went to Launceston on Saturday night. He settled one-out and two-back, and when the three-wide line commenced at 900-metre mark driver Troy McDonald elected to drive for luck through the field and he simply got none and went to the line hard held. He is currently rated at 46 and should be picking up a lowly rated race in the coming weeks. Week Ahead It is a new look Boxing Day for Tasmanian harness racing this weekend. The last double-header race meeting was held in the state on Boxing Day in 2003 when there was racing at the Royal Showgrounds in Hobart and harness racing that night in Devonport. It was a regular slot on the Tasmanian harness calendar to have those two meetings along with a combined meeting on the turf gallops track at Spreyton Park to make three meetings on the one day in the state, and four meetings when you add King Island into the mix. There was no harness racing on Boxing Day in 1993, as racing on Sunday’s hadn’t commenced then. This year the only Boxing Day meeting in the state is the non-Tab fixture on King Island where the John Rhodes-trained Karalta Kruise will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins. The pacer will be driven by Wade Rattray who will be looking for a unique feat at Carrick Park on Sunday when he drives Rockandahardplace in the Cressy Transport Country Championship. It will be the second time in this extended season where the C.P.P.C’s feature three-year-old race will be held. Rockandahardplace finished second to Soho Senna in last years’ version. This year, he has drawn wide where he takes on kiwi import Kuyomi for trainer Conor Crook and recent Launceston winner Star Rocker. The meeting also features the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup and the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive Final. Race one on Sunday is currently set down for 15:25 with the first four races on Sky Racing 2 and the final five races on Sky Racing 1, all races will be shown on Sky Racing 2. Tuesday evening, we head to Devonport for an eight-race card on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. The Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final is the feature race on the card with Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten winning the heats in Burnie last week. The race sees all runners starting of the front mark, and as a result, Good Feelings will start from the third row off the front mark. Tuesday’s meeting commences at 18:27. This is our last Harness Highlight’s before Christmas, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers all the best for the festive season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Broadmarsh trainer-driver Heath Woods celebrated his biggest win in the harness racing industry when talented four-year-old The Shallows claimed Saturday night’s Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple in Launceston. The gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover flew away from his 10-metre handicap to settle one out and three-back in the 2200-metre event before leading up the three-wide line over the final lap. After being headed by Lip Reader at the top of the home straight, the pacer dug deep late to score by 3.8 metres over Lip Reader and Sea Double Ugrant. It was the 14th career win for The Shallows at the pacers 30th racetrack appearance. “He went really good, nothing sort of came (mid-race) and they hadn’t run along real quick, so I thought I had to get going, and I always thought I had those inside horses covered and I was just a bit worried about Lip Reader on my back, but this bloke found a bit the last 50 (metres),” said Woods on TasracingTV after the win. Woods left the industry in 2007 and The Shallows is the first horse he purchased since he decided to get back involved. “I had a few other things on the go, and I had a few horses that just fell by the wayside, so I didn’t have another one to go on with,” said Woods. “I always planned to get back into it but it never really happened and then my son Aaron indicated he would like to get one, so it probably took three or four months to find one, and this bloke was advertised as an unbroken two-year-old, and he had a lot of good breeding on his dams side so we took the punt,” explained the winning trainer-driver who also acknowledged the work around the stables of his son Aaron doing most of the “dirty work”. The next feature race as part of the Ladbrokes Tasmanian Summer of Racing is the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup on 3 January where the majority of the Tassie Golden Apple field will head including the winner, pending how he comes through Saturday’s run. “I will just see how he pulls up, we just take one week at a time, but if he pulls up good, we will head to the Hobart Cup,” said Woods. Race favourite Ignatius finished fourth, and Ryley Major, who’s tyre came off the rim in the home straight, finished fifth with both horses losing no admirers after being forced to race very wide over the final 600 metres in a solid last half-mile from a 30-metre handicap over the 2200-metre trip. All going well Ryley Major will head to the Hobart Pacing Cup, while connections of Ignatius will decide if the pacer heads to the Hobart feature or embark on a New South Wales campaign in the coming days. The race started in sensational fashion when the driver of Call Me Hector was dislodged from the sulky after being checked by Blackbird Power who galloped away in the standing start event. Call Me Hector was collected by the clerk of the course and avoided injury as did his driver Troy McDonald.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Three meetings remain for the extended 2019-2020 season and the state’s drivers title is going straight down to the line with Rohan Hillier and Gareth Rattray locked at the top of the table after the meeting in Burnie on Friday night. Hillier drove a double on the six-race card, with Gareth Rattray also finding the winners stall. The reinsman showed why he is one of the best standing start drivers in the state when he got Artyboy Glenwood to fly away and lead in the Dowling McCarthy Tyres North West Plate Heat One. Ozzie Major who settled on the back of Artyboy Glenwood looked the one to beat down the back, and Hillier managed to hold that pacer in a pocket and hold off a late charge by Arakbell who rattled home over the concluding stages. It was the third win of the season at start 15 for the Brian Mackrill-trained pacer who won the start prior in Devonport when well supported. Hillier again gave his peers a standing start lesson when he got the Conor Crook trained Gone And Forgotten to fly away and lead from outside of the front-row in the Ladbrokes North West Plate Heat Two. The Well Said mare landed the best part of 15 metres in front in the early stages before Hillier went for home at the 450-metre mark to score by 23.5 metres in the quickest mile rate of the two heats in 2m 5.0s. The $12,000 North West Plate Final will be held on Tuesday night 28 December in Devonport. Rattray scored on the John Castles trained La Toison Dor in the Frank Crawford Memorial. From barrier two on the second-row in the mobile start event, Rattray was able to position the A Rock And Roll Dance mare one-out and two-back before leading up the three wide line over the final 1000 metres, going on to register her second win of the season by 1.5 metres. Conor Crook remains in contention and is only one win off the lead after scoring in the last race on the Mark Yole-trained Tisu Spirit, however, Crook has a trip booked to go back to see his family (pending any potential border closures) over the Christmas period and will miss the last two meetings of the season almost putting an end to his chances. The top two drivers on the state premiership gain automatic selection to next seasons Australian Drivers Championship as per Tasracing’s policy. The State Driver Premiership after the Burnie meeting looks this way; Name Races 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths Stakes Gareth Rattray 574 69 79 59 54 $588,328 Rohan Hillier 362 69 63 40 40 $576,226 Conor Crook 489 68 52 58 50 $489,141 Ricky Duggan 450 65 51 67 41 $510,037 Mark Yole 547 64 73 58 54 $485,856 Troy McDonald 553 62 63 60 53 $469,746 Todd Rattray 445 56 57 56 65 $497,259 Hannah Van dongen 268 33 25 35 18 $218,409 Taylor Ford 263 31 22 27 32 $213,901 Samantha Gangell 419 26 35 38 41 $213,260 Early on the card Kabibi followed in the steps of her full brother and duel Inter Dominion winner Beautide by breaking her maiden on the Burnie track. The Bettors Delight filly led all the way in the mobile start race to score by seven-metres at odds of $1.35. Hannah Van Dongen now has the Female Drivers Premiership all sown up after scoring on the Ben Yole-trained Heza Rummage in race-five. Her nearest rival Taylor Ford is two wins behind but is currently serving a suspension till the end of the season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple headlines a nine-race card in Launceston on Saturday night, where the state’s best pacers do battle headlined by Ignatius and Ryley Major. Ignatius has had seven starts back on Tasmanian soil since a New South Wales campaign, including three wins in a row, before running second in last weeks heat. He ruined his chances by galloping away in the 2200-metre event from his 30-metre handicap, and trainer-driver Todd Rattray said he only had one person to blame, himself. “It was probably more my fault, I probably rushed him a little bit, and turned in a bit late to get up there, said Rattray. The gelded son of Roll With Joe recorded the quickest individual last half mile of any runner at last week’s meeting in 55.55s, and did that out three-wide. “He was pretty good in his heat I thought, they ran a quick half and he was out there doing it,” explained Rattray. Rattray said the pacer had come through his heat run “alright” but did admit the pacer will have to be on his game given the 2200-metre event where he starts off a 30-metre handicap. Rattray indicated that he and the pacers owner, his wife Lyrae, will discuss the future plans with Ignatius after Saturday’s event, with a trip back across Bass Strait on the cards. Last year’s winner Ryley Major will also start off a 30-metre handicap. Since that win, the pacer has won the Group 2 Tasmania Cup and he looks a certainty to be crowned the Tasmanian Horse of the Year in this extended season. However, after three runs back from a spell trainer-driver Hillier believes the pacer isn’t near where he was 12-months ago. “I think 12 months ago Ryley was going a lot better than he is at the moment, so take that into account and also take into account it is a lot stronger field off the front line and the 10 metres (compared to last year), so he is going to find it extremely hard,” said Hillier. “One thing in his favour he is a brilliant beginner and loves to win,” added the trainer. Ryley Major chased home Ignatius in his first two runs back from a spell in Hobart on 22 November and again on 6 December before winning last week’s heat in 1m 58.5s off his 30-metre handicap. “His first run back I thought he was ok, the second run he was dreadful, and his third run he was a little better, I couldn’t really pin point why he went bad in Hobart, but last week he was ok and this week on the track has been something like his best so touch wood he can produce his best on Saturday night,” said Hillier who has done an outstanding job to get the pacer back to the track from an injury after his three-year-old season. Hillier also prepares Lip Reader in the race who finished third in his heat behind Ryley Major after racing outside the leader over the final mile and the trainer is happy with how the horse has come through the run. “He came through the run well, it was his first run at that sort of level, and I’m sure he is not a breeze horse that can do the work and win the race,” said Hillier. “Conor (Crook) will drive him quiet in the final, and he will need a lot of luck to go his way, he has proven in the past if he gets the luck, he is a genuine chance,” added the trainer. Another main chance in the heat is progressive talent The Shallows for trainer-driver Heath Woods. The heat winner is yet to miss a top-two finish in five starts on the Launceston track including a win in the Show Cup over this distance four starts ago, and last week’s heat over Ignatius where he scored by 1.3 metres. He only has a 10-metre handicap to contend with which is a huge asset over the 2200-metre trip. The Tassie Golden Apple is race six on the card and is scheduled to start at 20:50, with the first of nine races to commence at 17:55. Sky Racing 2 will televise race one, with Sky Racing 1 showing the last eight races. TasracingTV will be live-hosted from the track and can be viewed at tasracing.com.au   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy was an easy winner of the Youngbloods Challenge with the six-race series coming to a close in Launceston on Sunday night. Clotworthy won two of the three heats held on Sunday night which kicked off in the opening event aboard Mach Charm (pictured) for his boss Ben Yole in heat four of the series. The six-year-old mare was sent out as a $13 chance and was able to slot in one-out and one-back before Clotworthy made his move down the back straight on the final occasion. “It was a very good win, she stuck on very well late,” said Clotworthy. “I had to go at about the 600 (metres), and I just cruised around, and she gave a good kick when I pulled the blinds,” added the winning driver. Clotworthy also drove the Ben Yole-trained Star Rocker to victory in heat five with the three-year-old gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance registering his second career win at his fourth race track appearance. “He was very good tonight, he is very young and is still very raw, he got a soft lead after I found the front and he did it very easy,” said the driver about the $2.30 favourite. Clotworthy had an unbeatable lead going into the final heat where he managed a fourth placing on Hez Razor Sharp. The race was won by the Sam Gangell driven Velocity Stride. “I am very happy to win the series, I’m just thankful for the good horses I got to drive and the good draws, they can be a bit of luck these series by drawing the right horses and barriers,” explained Clotworthy. It was a big weekend for Clotworthy who made 111 runs with the bat for the Beaconsfield Cricket Club on Saturday before being run out. Final Youngbloods Challenge Point score: 72 Sam Clotworthy, 52 Sam Gangell and Ben Woodsford, 41 Matthew Howlett, 39 Georgia Hayward, 35 Bronte Miller 32 Charlie Castles, 28 Malcom Jones, 22 Andrew Freeman and Lachlan Dakin. Two heats of the Tassie Golden Apple were also held late on the nine-race program. The Shallows enjoyed a lovely run one-out and one-back to win his heat, defeating short price favourite Ignatius. “Off the 10 (metres) he had to chase a little bit to get on to the back of the leaders and then they kept running,” said trainer-driver Heath Woods about the win. “Everything worked out well for me, but the horse went good,” added Woods. Woods pushed Ignatius four-wide at the 400-metre mark and was always holding the pacer late. “Around the bend, he got a bit of a gap on Ignatius, and then Ignatius was getting close to me on the line, but he just wasn’t getting there quickly enough,” said Woods. The trainer-driver is now looking forward to next week’s final. “I am pretty happy with him, you always need a bit of luck at the start, but with more horses off the front-row, you are probably not having to chase hard early to tack on. Ryley Major won the other heat, Rohan Hillier had the $1.60 favourite settled one-out and two-back at the 1200-metre mark before the pacer flew home out four-wide over the final 200 metres to score a comfortable victory over Perfect Mach and Lip Reader. Ryley Major recorded a mile rate off his 30-metre handicap in 1m 58s for the 2200-metre event. The $30,000 final will be held on Saturday night and there will be no Tasmanian harness racing next Sunday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Six meetings remain on mainland Tasmania, and many premierships are going down to the line with the battles continuing in Hobart on Friday night. Kardesler will be out to extend the lead of trainer Juanita McKenzie for the states female trainers title in race four. The American Ideal gelding is building up an impressive record on the Hobart track, winning four of his 11 starts and has been placed on a further four occasions. His most recent effort was on Sunday where he chased home Hez The One after racing three-wide over the final 1100 metres, and he finished off well out wide for second to record the quickest individual last half mile of the race in 57.01s. Kardesler will be driven by Hannah Van Dongen who is locked in a battle for the female driver’s title. Ford is suspended from driving until 27 December. McKenzie has a one-win lead over Taylor Ford on the female trainer’s title, and she has some chances to add to her title in Hobart. Ford prepares Say A Prayer who is having her first start in the state after winning one of 16 Victorian starts and Big Bang Raj who was a Hobart winner three starts ago and draws the second row in Friday’s race. The Drivers title is also a tightly contested affair. Gareth Rattray leads with 68 wins from Rohan Hillier and Conor Crook on 66. Ricky Duggan sits in fourth place on 64 wins with Mark Yole rounding out the top five on 62. Ben Yole has the trainers title in the bag with 176 wins while Taylor Ford leads the Junior Drivers premiership on 31 wins. Friday night’s Hobart card commences at 18:28 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy leads the six-race Youngbloods Challenge after the first three heats were held in Hobart on Sunday night. Clotworthy secured maximum points in heat two when scoring on the Ben Yole-trained Guys Bettor Bet at odds of $71. “He won really well tonight, I knew he would run a big race if he could find a spot close enough and I ended up following the favourite in the one-one,” said Clotworthy after the race. “He got me into the straight where I was able to get a split, and he was just super to the line from there, I like the horse, that’s my second win on him,” added the winning driver. Many expected Clotworthy to win the opening heat on the favourite Jakes A Joy, but they could only manage third placing behind the Matthew Howlett driven Metro Star, who also delivered a rough result at odds of $31. The seven-year-old gelding is trained by another former Kiwi, Ben Woodsford, with the win being his first as a trainer. Settling one-out and five-back, Howlett was able to lead up the three wide line from the 1100-metre mark and the gelded son of Metropolitan proved too tough late. Keeping with the theme of long price winners, it was a tough result in the last heat of the series with Ozzie Major scoring at odds of $31. Scottsdale based driver, Georgia Hayward, was able to quickly find the position three back the marker pegs from barrier six on the gelding. They were held up coming to the home corner before the five-year-old gelding found clear racing room at the 175-metre point to fly home and win in a slow last half mile. Youngbloods Point Table 33 Sam Clotworthy, 26 Georgia Hayward, 22 Matthew Howlett, Ben Woodsford and Samantha Gangell 21 Charlie Castles, 18 Malcom Jones, 14 Bronte Miller, 11 Lachlan Dakin and 9 Andrew Freeman. Clotworthy will be hoping for more luck in the final three heats in Launceston on Sunday night. “Hopefully next week I can draw a couple of nice horses and barriers to scoop up a couple more points,” said the driver. The open class race was won by Ignatius who had a soft run over the first lap, which played into his hands over the concluding stages to score by 14 metres over Ryley Major. Juanita McKenzie prepared a double on the card with two two-year-olds, Sharmey and Helikaon, with leading trainer Ben Yole preparing a training quartet.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The first of seven meetings for the King Island Racing Club will be held this Saturday afternoon from 12:45. Five thoroughbred races and two harness events make up the seven-race card on Ladies And Tradies Race day after a successful trial session last week. Several leading jockeys from mainland Tasmania are making the trip across on Saturday including David Pires, Ismail Toker, Kyle Maskiell and Mehmet Ulucinar. While Jessie Philpot, Randy Tan and Juana Andreou will make will also attend from Victoria for the first meeting. Club President Audrey Hamer explained the first meeting had been pushed back to allow seven days between the opening of borders between Tasmania and Victoria. “We couldn’t get enough Jockeys from Tasmania, as they wouldn’t commit,” said Audrey. The two harness events have attracted a high number of entries with 18 horses contesting two races, and with over 20 pacers on the Island a few will miss out on runs in coming weeks. “Last year we only ended up with about 10 pacers, and I think there are about 23 horses here this season, we can only have 10 in a standing start race and nine in mobile, said Audrey. Driver Adrian Collins has won the past two King Island Pacing Cups and he will be joined on the track by Dylan Ford, Tim Yole and Wade Rattray on Saturday, to take on local drivers Peter and James Jakowenko, Wayne Hamer, Shane Keeler, Paul Williams and his son Kayleb, who will have his first drive on Saturday. With the borders back open, a number of tourists have been travelling to the Island and they are expected to attend many of the race days across the summer months as they have in the past. “In the past, we got a lot of people from Victoria come down for a few days and play the golf courses and stay on for the races,” explained the club president, with those that have attended a race day giving a raving review on the local hospitality. The remaining six race dates for the King Island Race Club are; •12/12/20 King Island Beef Day, •26/12/20 Boxing Day, •2/01/20 Cup Day, •9/01/20 King Island Recreational Day, •23/01/20 Maritime Day, •30/01/20 Vortex Fly-In Day. The club has taken a hit with several sponsors pulling out this season as a result of the impacts to their business through Covid-19. For those that are considering sponsoring the club they are happy to tailor a package to suit their needs and are encouraged to contact the club. Racing on King Island commenced on 1 January 1882 with harness racing starting in 1896. For more information on the K.I.R.C, and details on how to get to the Island, check out the club’s website at www.kingislandracingclub.com. The meetings are unfortunately unable to be live streamed on TasracingTV however replays of all races are available on the Tasracing website   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

At just five years of age, Kenzie Rattray (pictured) had her first drive in the mini trots at Devonport on Friday and scored at her second race drive, before driving a double at Carrick Park on Sunday. There is no doubt she will follow in the footsteps of her father Gareth Rattray and mother, Melissa Maine. On to the big horses and it was a great night’s racing at the dual code meeting in Devonport on Friday where Lip Reader had his last hit out before Sunday weeks Golden Apple heats in Launceston with a dominant win in a standing start race. On Sunday the action was at Carrick Park where trainer Ben Yole recorded five-winners on the card, the sixth time he has achieved the feat. This weekend Hobart host 10-races on Sunday evening featuring three heats of the Youngbloods Challenge. King Island also host their first of seven meetings of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Stars Ben Yole – had a day out at Carrick Park on Sunday winning five of the nine races held. Steve Davis – produced a brilliant training performance to win with Major Davvin at the pacers third start back from a nasty fall. Lip Reader – remains on track for the Golden Apple in Launceston this month after a handy Devonport win. Rohan Hadley – scored a weekend driving double, including Winknblink at Carrick Park who he also trains. Sam Clotworthy – warmed up for this week’s Youngblood Challenge with a patient drive aboard Tally Operator at Carrick Park. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening No participant recorded multiple wins. Carrick Park – Sunday afternoon Ben Yole – training quintet – Karalta Dazler, Lake Eyre, Somedan, Tally Operator and Mach Charm. Taylor Ford – driving double; Somedan and Mach Charm. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Devonport – Friday evening Lip Reader 58.31s, Taurusi 58.46s and Perfect Mach 58.54s. Outside of race three; La Toison For 59.59s, Karalta News 59.81s and Burningupthefloor 59.98s. Carrick Park – Sunday afternoon Perfect Mach 57.66s, Bounty Eyre 57.74s, Punchinello 57.83s, Chris Be Quick 57.84s and Her The One 57.89s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit: Victoria Pass $2.00 into $1.80. Defied the Drift: La Toison Dor $3.00 out to $4.00, Lip Reader $1.70 out to $1.90, Wandary Muscat $4.00 out to $8.50, Artyboy Glenwood $3.50 out to $4.40 and Mista Eagle $5.00 out to $9.50. Missed: Karalta News $6.50 into $3.30, Royal Reactor $14 into $7.50, Coveffe Hustler $9.00 into $6.50 and Gentleman Red $6.50 into $4.80. Carrick Park – Sunday afternoon Hit’s: Somedan $6.50 into $5.00, Winknblink $19 into $14, Tally Operator $21 into $15, Mach Charm $8.50 into $7.50 and Loch Ness Franco $2.50 into $1.85. Defied the Drift: Major Davvin $10 out to $14. Missed: It Is A Glacier $4.20 into $3.80, War Chest $3.70 into $3.00, Lily Rocks $3.00 into $2.30, Machbev $3.00 into $2.60, Heza Sport $8.00 into $6.50, Aussie Rock $2.40 into $2.00, Streetside Classic $8.00 into $6.00, Oneofthelads $3.70 into $2.30 and Black Ops $10 into $5.50. Trial File King Island – Saturday morning The last set of trials were held prior to the first meeting of the season this Saturday. Four trials were held, and it was the Graeme Keeley-trained, Wayne Hamer driven, Stevie Jolt recording the quickest time of the four trials in 2m 8.5s. The gelded son of Village Jolt was able to lead and travelled strongly in front to score by three metres over Timeless Jasper who ran on well and Origin Cronk who peaked on the run late. Other trials were won by; Iden Duchess (2m 26.9s), Benjamin Niadh (2m 19.6s) and Mi Ju Dan (2m 20.0s). Hobart – Monday evening Five trials where held in Hobart on Monday, where reinsman Jacob Duggan had his first trial drive. The Juanita McKenzie-trained duo Sharmey (2m 1.7s), and Helikaon (2m 1.2s) led to win their respective trials. Rodney Ashwood drove the two two-year-olds. A Good Red for trainer Eric Jacobson and driver Paul Hill settled behind the leader and used the sprint lane in the home straight to win his trial in 2m 1.4s. The Ray Pullen-trained and driven Castor Troy was able to lead and win his trial by a neck over Ifbutzandmaybes in 2m 5.4s, the slowest time of the night. While Resurgent Storm was another to lead and win in 2m 1.8s. You can view the trials held on mainland Tasmania by clicking here. Week Ahead Hobart is the sole venue for harness racing on mainland Tasmania this week with a bumper 10-race card. The first three heats of the six-race Youngbloods Challenge are set to be staged on the card. Drivers invited to compete in this year’s series are Andrew Freeman, Ben Woodsford, Bronte Miller, Charlie Castles, Georgia Hayward, Lachlan Dakin, Malcom Jones, Matt Howlett, Sam Clotworthy and Samantha Gangell. The heats are races two, four and eight with the final three heats to be held in Launceston on Sunday week. After a brilliant clash last time they met, Ignatius and Ryley Major are to go head-to-head again in the seventh race on the card over 2090 metres. Tackling them to cause an upset are Call Me Hector, Izaha, Drayton and Blackbird Power. The action Sunday commences at 17:10, at the time of writing. The first two races will be shown on Sky Racing 2 with the last eight races on Sky Racing 1, all races will be streamed on TasracingTV. Saturday the King Island Racing Club stage their first of seven meetings for the summer period. The two harness events have attracted a high number of entries with 18 horses contesting two races, and with over 20 pacers on the Island a few will miss out on runs in coming weeks. Driver Adrian Collins who has won the past two King Island Pacing Cups will be making the trip, and he will be joined on the track by Dylan Ford, Tim Yole and Wade Rattray on Saturday, to take on local drivers Peter and James Jakowenko, Wayne Hamer, Shane Keeler, Paul Williams and his son Kayleb, who will have his first drive on Saturday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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